U13 Knocked Out at Semi-Final Stage of Cheshire Plate
Bowdon Prove to Be To Strong for Battling Kersal
The U13 semi-final of the Cheshire Plate competition saw Altrincham Kersal travelling all of a mile down the road to local rivals Bowdon. Unfortunately the home side took full home advantage of a sticky, sloping pitch to come away worthy winners.
Bowdon headed downhill from the kick-off and retained the ball so effectively that Kersal were unable to gain any turnover. The first half saw long periods where AK couldn’t get a sniff of the ball but they tackled valiantly to keep the score to 5 – 0 at half time.
The second half proved a much more equal affair and Kersal were able to open their scoring account. A scrum on the AK line was kicked into space and an excellent chase was picked up by the AK centre who jinked several tackles to reach the Bowdon line. However, Bowdon again pounded the Kersal defence and the visitors struggled to clear. As the ball went loose, it was Bowdon who reacted quickest to score. The remainder of the half saw Kersal in full defence mode and they demonstrated some excellent tackling. AK managed to hold the ball up on two occasions before the ref whistled a further Bowdon try. However, it was Kersal who had the last score of the match as they caught the ball cleanly from the restart, passed the ball through the backs and a sprint to the line to make the final score 7 tries to 2.
Whilst the home side fully deserved their win, Kersal should be very pleased with their teamwork and defensive display. The sloping pitch and smaller squad size meant Kersal were going to have to work hard throughout the match, so it is some credit that they never looked like giving up and battled to the end.
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